Co-Washing? Good? Bad?
What is co-washing?
It actually means "conditioner washing",
also known as cleansing your hair
with conditioner rather than shampoo.
Rinse out conditioners are the worst - not because the conditioner itself does any damage
but because of the process of washing, rinsing, and drying.
3 ways conditioning is bad:
First, if you used any shampoo prior to conditioning
you may be stripping your hair of moisturizing oils.
Second, just wetting and drying your hair (even without shampoo)
causes the cuticle to expand and contract
which can be weakening because it creates radial cracks in the outer cuticle layers.
Third, towel drying your hair always involves some degree of frictional
abrasion that can crack and scrape off even more cuticle.
The gentler way of cleansing minimizes color damage,
since conditioners don't contain harsh hue-stripping sulfates,
and adds the right amount of hydration to strands,
cutting down on frizz.
Leave in conditioners can be less damaging.
If you're not washing and just wetting your hair,
leave in conditioners are just fine.
At most, they require a little combing to smooth them through your hair.
If you're washing your hair anyway
(or at least getting it wet for some reason)
it's better to go ahead and condition.
Women with thick, coarse, and curly hair
have been co-washing for years.
How do you co-wash?
Simply ditch your shampoo once or twice a week
and use your regular conditioner in its place for smoother,
frizz-free, vibrant-looking hair.
Will you try co-washing?
See you next time,